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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • The new Reading Volunteer Connect platform has arrived
    24 January 2022

    We are pleased to announce that the new volunteer matching platform for Reading, Reading Volunteer Connect, is now live. The new platform will introduce a wide range of new functionality allowing organisations to have more control over the volunteering opportunities advertised via Reading Voluntary Action and streamline volunteer engagement. Organisations can register for an account HERE. You ...

  • Reducing Parental Conflict workshops – feedback and new sessions
    21 January 2022

    Over 50 of you from across the children, young people and families workforce have now completed one of the Reducing Parental Conflict workshops delivered by Communicate for a Change and Parenting Special Children. Participants have included Nurses, Social Workers, Family Workers, designated safeguarding leads, SENCOs, Health Visitors, Youth Workers, Childminders, Head Teachers and Team Managers. We’ve ...

  • Have you completed the Reading Threshold of Need Briefing yet?
    21 January 2022

    The Reading Threshold of Need is a document published by the Berkshire West Safeguarding Partnership that sets out children and young people’s levels of need, including risk and protective factors and the appropriate responses and routes into services. The threshold document is for all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families – ...

  • Meet Tanya Spiers, Family Support Worker for Dingley’s Promise
    21 January 2022

    Tanya Spiers is the Family Support Worker for Dingley’s Promise in Reading. Dingley’s Promise was established in 1983 and became a registered charity in 1988. It was originally set up by parents of children with additional needs and disabilities that wanted more than just medical interventions for their children. Now there are three Dingley’s Promise ...

  • New online workshops from The Real Business Club
    19 January 2022

    The Real Business Club are running new interactive online workshops to help businesses grow The workshops start in March 2022 and are free to business owners, no matter what kind of business they run. They offer clear and practical advice on best marketing routes and guidance on planning a strategy, and are run by business experts. Feedback ...

  • A young people’s report on their long-term wellbeing needs post-pandemic – from No5 Young People
    19 January 2022

    Safe spaces, support, confidentiality and community – findings from new report on young people’s needs A local snapshot of the voices of young people, reflective of the national picture about mental health, early intervention, and knife crime, has been published in a report by No5 Young People. The report summarises the work of No5’s ‘Restart Youth!’ ...

  • Covid-19 Vaccination: online information session and Q&A
    18 January 2022

    Find out about the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination and the support available to access vaccines in Reading Hear from Dr Deepak Ravindran, Clinical lead in Pain Medicine and Clinical Lead for Berkshire Long Covid Integrated Service and Ida Osei, Pharmacist and Vaccinator. Find out about support to access vaccines in Reading. Question and answer session. This information session is ...

  • Save money on your bills – Broad Street Mall, 25–26 January
    18 January 2022

    Are you worried about your energy and utility bills? Come and see Citizens Advice at Broad Street Mall – look for our stall. One of our specialist advisers can take a look at your existing bills and advise you on how you could save money – if you would like help please bring your recent bills with ...

  • Funder Presentations – revised date 3 February 2022 and another funder announced
    17 January 2022

    Please note that this date has been moved. The new date is Thursday 3 February, 10am – 11.30am. As part of RVA’s regular funding events, we are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and Reading Borough Council to offer funder presentations to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 3 February 2022. ...

  • Council consults on next year’s budget
    10 January 2022

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on its budget for the financial year 2022/23 We are inviting input from people who live and work in Reading, partners, local businesses, and people who come into Reading to use our services. The consultation is open from 21 December 2021 to 14 January 2022. Council leader Jason Brock said: It has been ...

  • Walk-in vaccinations resume at Broad Street Mall
    10 January 2022

    Broad Street Mall vaccination centre, Reading The vaccination centre in Broad Street Mall re-opened for walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations on 10 January 2022. The site, located where the old New Look shop used to be inside Broad Street Mall, is open from 9am to 7pm every day (check the NHS website for the most up-to-date information). The walk-in ...

  • Free Sight Loss training
    7 January 2022

    Berkshire Vision offer a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health, which is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our Trustee Jane Veys, an Optometrist, and an opportunity for any comments afterwards. The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Book onto one of our ...

  • BCF Jubilee Fund, Let’s Create – deadline 10am on 10 February 2022
    4 January 2022

    The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop new creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery. Who can apply? The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations ...

  • The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – deadline on 31 July 2022
    4 January 2022

    The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. They cannot cover costs already incurred ...

  • Co-op community fridge fund- deadline on 1 February 2022
    4 January 2022

    Introduction: Co-op is working in partnership with Hubbub to offer funding to local groups for 100 Community Fridges across the UK. A community fridge is a space where everyone can share surplus food, including donations from local food businesses, producers, households and gardens. Hubbub want to help local groups run Community Fridges that are safe, inclusive and financially ...

  • DHSC Suicide Prevention Fund-deadline at 5pm on 16 January 2022
    4 January 2022

    Introduction: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available a £4 million Suicide Prevention Fund to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that work to prevent suicide. the funding, applied for on a competitive basis. The funding is only available to support the delivery of suicide prevention activities in England. Background and ...

  • The Ironmongers’ Company grants – next deadline 31 July 2022
    4 January 2022

    The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Who can apply? Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria: For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged. Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation ...

  • Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good, next deadline 15 March 2022
    4 January 2022

    Making a positive difference to communities, people & the environment, Grants for Good is the Foundation’s first fund that invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply for funding. Every three months, they will share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact ...

  • BCF Vital for Berkshire – deadline 10 February 2022
    4 January 2022

    The Spring 2022 round of Vital for Berkshire funding is open to support charities and groups tackling vital needs in Berkshire such as support for young and vulnerable people, poverty and isolation, physical and mental health, and much more. Who is eligible to apply To be eligible to apply for a grant, your charity, community group or ...

  • Wellbeing walk training with Dementia Adventure
    22 December 2021

    Dementia Adventure, Reading Voluntary Action and The Caversham teamed up to organise, plan and run a wellbeing walk training event as part of the Thriving Communities Project.   Based on his experience of sensory walks and outdoor experiences with those living with dementia, Gordon Malcolm from Dementia Adventure proved to participants that wellbeing walks are of benefit ...

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